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Poison In The Air, Delhi Shut Schools Till November 5

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Pollution has reached very serious levels in Delhi-NCR. On Saturday too, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was above 500 in many areas. Keeping in view the increasing pollution, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) declared a public health emergency in Delhi on Friday itself.

Due to incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana constantly on the rise, the air in Delhi has now reached very dangerous levels. The situation can be assessed from the fact that on Saturday too, AQI in several areas was beyond 500. On Saturday morning, the entire Delhi-NCR was covered in a blanket of smog. Also, the layer of fog and mist remains thick.

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In the morning, in Delhi’s Lodhi Road area, PM 2.5 was at 477 and PM 10 was at 409. In Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area, PM 2.5 was at 480 and PM 10 was at 370. Speaking of Delhi airport, here PM 2.5 was at 510 and PM 10 was at 519. In Noida, PM 2.5 was at 563 and PM 10 was at 578.

Keeping in view the growing pollution, while the EPCA declared a public health emergency in Delhi from Friday itself, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered all Delhi schools to be shut till November 5.

Apart from this, the EPCA has banned all types of construction activities in Delhi till November 5.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the central government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and named stubble burning to be the main cause of pollution. It also stated that there has been a 41% decline in incidents of stubble burning in Delhi’s neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in 2016-18.

This year, incidents of stubble burning in Haryana and Punjab have set a new record. Till now, there have been 3,178 incidents of stubble burning in both states.